I talked to a young poet on the phone recently who told me, in a hushed tone that you’d think she’d use to confess something much more lurid, that she really, really, really loves art. Sometimes she feels so electric from it that her feet almost leave the ground, she almost can’t contain it. "Do you know what I mean?", she asked. Oh yeah! I just forgot for a second.
I am currently at week 4 of my 6 week Italian residency. I’ve learned the reasons behind creating this program- the organizer had roots in the town, and wanted to give it a dose of artistic life. The town has it’s problems, including a low birth rate, vacant apartments, abandoned buildings, no restaurants, only one bar and only two small grocery stores. Recently the female Mayor was shot at by the mafia. Some locals call it a dying town.
Hi, this is Yuka, one of the Open Studios Program alumni. I'm very thrilled to announce that I'm currently working on a new collaborative project with Papabubble- an artisan candy store in SoHo, NY. I will be presenging my ongoing series of candy sculpture, "Sweet Vessels" and the work will be on display at Papabubble store.
Tiny World Terrariums hits bookshelves around the city this week; a brand new step-by-step guide to creating tiny green worlds for anyone (whether green-thumbed or not). The Twig ladies rightly say, “no matter where you live, terrariums are therapeutic to create and peaceful to observe.” But there’s more to their work than tranquil verdant compositions. Twig takes it further.
Before I left New York I visited a psychic, and was allowed to ask three questions. One was how to best to prepare for my art residency in Italy. The response was to be"self sufficient". From past trips to Italy I remember things simply go slowly in this part of the world, and I fully prepared for this. I left JFK airport two weeks ago with 50 pounds of luggage and a carry on suitcase of 20 pounds of glass to be fully self sufficient.
Decay/collapse - ruin/construction - instability/precariousness. While you might think that these phrases would be the end result of bad design, for Brooklyn-based design firm Snarkitecture, they were the beginning of some challenging, thought provoking, and entirely innovative design. To find out more, and to see some examples, read on.
On July 08, 2010, Lebron James, the basketball superstar, decided to take his talents to South Beach. In a now famous public announcement, Lebron James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers (his home team) and go play for the Miami Heat. At that time I just happened to be finishing a pipe cleaner sculpture of Lebron James’ foot. It was the third foot in a series of feet that I had made.
First I must say Instituto Sacatar is the closest to paradise I have ever been in my life. Not just the setting which is stellar, but the staff, artist living and work space and food. But here I would like to explain what personally I learned.
Here I am, almost three months into my residency at MAD. I thought I’d post three pictures of works in progress. Two are almost finished, and one is just beginning. Check out the photos!
Last Thursday I treated myself to an hour of serious eye candy at the New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show as an end to a fun and frenzied Asia Week. Galleries from all over the world turned up to show off their wares from Japan, China, the Himalayan region and more to crowds of eager collectors and enthusiasts.